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Should I use multiband compression on mastering?

Why do we want to use a multiband compressor in audio mastering? Because it’ll give you more control over the dynamics of the audio signal. With this you can process the low end of the mix without even touching the cymbals. This is why it is a very useful tool.

How do you use multiband compression when mastering?

Add a multiband to your mix buss (or master fader). Start by setting a single band to somewhere around 0-100Hz and bypass the rest. Adjust the threshold and ratio until around 5dB of compression is applied on most notes or drum hits.

How much compression do you need for mastering?

Most mastering engineers use high thresholds and low ratios (typically 1.25:1 or 1.5:1 – rarely anything more than 2:1) in order to achieve just 1 or 2 dB of gain reduction. The idea is to feel rather than hear any compression being applied.

When should you use a multiband compressor?

Multiband compression is best used to solve problems on individual tracks. I use it rarely – perhaps in only 1 out of 10 mixes. When I do, it’s typically on vocals, but I’ll occasionally use it on other tracks as well. Maybe an acoustic guitar is too boomy, but only on certain notes.

Is multiband compression necessary?

It’s crucial to get your kick and bass correlating with each other. You can control kick and bass relationships with sidechaining and levels. But at a certain point, you may need a multiband compressor to take over. Multiband compression works great at tightening low frequencies, reducing boom, and adding power.

Do mastering engineers use compression?

In truth, mastering engineers hardly use any compression. Even if they do, it’s at low ratios and high thresholds. Here are some general guidelines if you want to use compression while mastering: Start your ratio at 1.25:1 or 1.5:1.

How do I stop mastering distortion?

How to Get Your Master Loud WITHOUT Distortion

  1. Use True Peak Limiting and Oversampling.
  2. Increase the Release of a Limiter to at Least 30ms.
  3. Try a Double Limiter Approach.
  4. Use the MetaPlugin with 8x Oversampling.

When to use multiband compression for audio mastering?

When the mix for a track is done, you need to master it, or send it to an audio mastering engineer if you’re not too clued up on the process. He or she will check it for errors, enhance it, and master it to a commercial level. One of the most important steps in the enhancement stage of audio mastering is applying multiband compression.

How to multi band compress your master bus?

When using multi-band compression on your master bus, you should know how to create 4 forms of compression with the plugin – downward and upward compression and downward and upward expansion. Furthermore, utilize the attack and release to control the timbre, and use mid and side processing when possible.

What does it mean to use Multi Band Compressor?

Essentially, a multi-band compressor is a means to tap into the mix and tighten up, tidy up, or whatever is needed. As the multi-band compressor can be set differently from one frequency band to another, a certain amount of spectral adjustment can be made too.

When to use downward compression on a Master?

When the threshold is crossed by the signal, attenuation of the signal will occur, which helps both control dynamics and possibly balance the frequency response. For example, if 200Hz is making the master muddy, I’d use downward compression to attenuate it when it’s too loud.